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RATINGS: 363   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Detailed in a letter from the General to his officers during the war, Washington’s recipe employed molasses to aid fermentation and give rich caramel notes to this robust, roasty ale. The recipe reflected his admiration for Philadelphia-style porters, especially those brewed by Robert Hare (whose original brewery stood just blocks from where ours is now). Our Tavern Porter, inspired by Washington’s, is dark, smooth, and complex with just a hint of dried fruit in the finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Roast is present in the aroma. Sweet dark flavor with some coffee notes. Bitter. Some hop kick in the end. A little thin bodied.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
The aroma produces a mild hint of coffee. The color of dark chocolate resides in the glass under a decent head. The taste offers a combination of roasted grain and coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Poured dark brown with ruby highlites with a frothy light tan head. Aroma of caramel, molasses, and cherry cough syrup. Taste is sweet with some roasted chocolate and cherry essence with a dry roasty finish. I don’t mind this, though it is perhaps a bit too sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dondk (28) - leetsdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Light brown pour Small tan head. very little lacing. Bitter flavor with quite a bit choclate and some malt. Ok to drink. Not a great porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - NOV 11, 2005
huge head, but quickly disappearing. dark brown hue, it has nutty aroma. chocolate flavor w/ a hint of coffee.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2005
This beer is not how I remember it. First off, this batch has an obvious overpriming problem, so I am not going to count that against this beer whichI have had before. This leads me to think I will rerate sometime in the future. Anyway, for what it is, the color just a shade light for a porter, and the aroma is mild. Slight roast, some malt, some alcohol, maybe a bit of hop- but mild for a porter at 7%. The flavor is smooth and off-dry, not strongly roasty or bitter. Whether this was characteristic of porters in colonial America I’m not sure- but adjuncts like molassas certainly were commonly used. The flavor improves with some warming, but overall it’s a fairly tame porter by modern standards. Nice, but not something I frequently buy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jzzbassman (1587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2005
From notes: On tap at City Tavern, this poured a dark brown with a beautiful head. Aroma starts nice with roasted malt , but has an off bananna like aroma. Flavor is a little sweet, with lots of alcohol evident. Interesting to try.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
cazort (559) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2007 Extremely disappointing given that the other brews I’ve had from Yards have been outstanding. Aroma soft, caramelly, sweet, mild. Very little bitterness; overall, too bland. A mild suggestion of roast in the flavour and aroma. Very smooth. Dominant alcohol taste. Very very estery--one of the most estery brews I’ve ever had. I wouldn’t call this beer a porter; it hardly resembles any other porters I’ve had--the esters kill it and overall, the flavors I’m expecting are too weak or not present at all. I did not finish it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2005
12 oz bottle via trade with Lou18 - Thanks Lou! Pours dark brown with a huge rocky tan head. Very tough to get poured into the glass. Aroma is roasted malt that molasses mentioned on the label and something sour. Flavor is much better. Roasted malts, chocolate, some coffee, and a fair hop finish. Palate is medium bodied and fairly well carbonated. A tasty porter when you get by the enormous head and the slightly sour aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
kramer (5827) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2005
12 oz bottle. Poured a dark ruby with an enormous, almost comical off white head. Aroma of faint roasted malt/burnt toast, chalk, and some dark fruit. Flavor of watered down coffee, dark fruits, and heavy sweetness. One positive, the 7% ABV is well hidden. Mouthfeel is of medium body with an overly high carbonation level. Finish is bland with notes of mineral. Overall, a bland thin-ish porter that was a chore for me to finish. I’m usually a fan of Yard’s beers, but somehow I don’t think that George would approve of evoking his name in regards to this beer.

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